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Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 Review

January 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Whazzup!!!
Dawfreak is back and after a long break we are looking into the recently
releasedDynamic X2 GP-14 from Fractal Design.
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THE CONCEPT OF FRACTAL DESIGN
The concept of Fractal Design is to provide products with an extraordinary design level, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and pricing. The computer of today has come to play a central role in most people’s home, creating a demand for appealing design of the computer itself and its accessories. Our main product areas are computer enclosures, power supplies and related accessories
DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN SWEDEN
 All Fractal Design products have been thoroughly designed, tested and specified in our Swedish head quarter. The well-known ideas of Scandinavian design can be found through
all of our products; a minimalistic but yet striking design – less is more.
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Dynamic X2 GP True all-purpose fans

spec

The Dynamic x2 GP series comes in in two sizes GP-12 of 120mm and the one we are looking at today, GP-14 that is 140mm.

Specifications for the X2 GP series

Fan X2 GP-12 X2 GP-14*
Size [mm] 120*120*25mm 140*140*25mm
Colors available White blades, black frame

Black blades, black frame

White blades, black frame

Black blades, black frame

Screw hole pattern 105*105mm 125*125mm
Connector 3-pin fan header 3-pin fan header
Bearing LLS LLS
Number of blades 7 7
Rotational speed [RPM] 1200 1000
Acoustical noise [dB (A)] 19.4 18.9
Maximum air flow [CFM] 52.3 68.4
Maximum pressure [mm H2O] 0.88 0.71
Actual input power [W] 1.32 1.32
Maximum rated input current [A] 0.18 0.20
Nominal input voltage [V] 12 12
Minimum startup voltage [V] 4 4
MTBF [hours] 100,000 100,000
Unit weight [g] 119 142
Package weight [g] 160 190
Cable length [mm] 500 500
Cable type Black ribbon cable Black ribbon cable
Packaging dimensions [mm]

( Including hanging tab)

180*122*26 200*142*26
Packaging dimensions [mm]

(Excluding hanging tab )

147*122*26 167*142*26

Key features

  • High grade LLS bearing with class leading 100,000 hours MTBF
  • Equipped with a counter-pull magnet that reduces the axial tension on the bearing
  • Fan geometry optimized for a good balance between static pressure and maximum airflow, resulting in good performance in all usage scenarios
  • Aerodynamically shaped stator struts including the wire strut. Helps reduce noise and unwanted turbulence
  • Stator struts sit on a wide angle to the trailing edge of the blades which result in a lower noise level and smoother noise profile
  • Strategically placed notches near the fan hub on the trailing edge of the blades further reducing the humming noise produced when the blades pass the stator struts
  • A “trip wire” on the rear side of the blades near the leading edge. The trip wire introduces a larger turbulent boundary layer at an earlier stage, this delays the layer separation and improves both airflow and noise characteristics.
  • The customized design of the Dynamic Series fans contributes to a beautiful, cool build
  • Available in two color combinations
  • Available in 120mm and 140mm fan sizes
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Packaging
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The Fractal Design X2 GP fans come in two color combinations, All Black
and Black frame white blades. The setup sent to me is the All black version.

 

dscf0017The X2 GP-14 boxes comes in a black and green colours with nice images of the fan on the front and specs on the back.

 

Inside the box.
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Inside the box we find the Fractal Design X2 GP-14 and the standard 4 set Fan screws, this is what you would expect for a fan with a price around $13.99179 kr.

 

Test system
Case: Fractal Design Define R5
CPU: I5 4690K
Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 960 4GB STRIX DC2 OC
Ram: 16 gig Corsair PRO 1600mhz (CMY16GX3M2A1600C9R)
System hard drive: Samsung EVO 850
Interface: PreSonus Focusrite scarlett 2i2 Gen2
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S

 

Installation.
For this review I have decided to install the three Dynamic X2 GP-14 in what i believe is the best setup for a Home-studio build, where Two fans are used as Intake and one as exhaust.
all fans are connected to the Fractal Design R5 fan controller.

 

The Concept and basics on how I test.
When it comes to testing Case fans for use in a studio environment I want to push the test rig so that i know that my system gets heat generated, and i like to do that with real world applications. but music production does only push the CPU so i don’t feel that would let me find the information i feel is relevant therefore my test are done with the use of my second hobby that is playing World Of Warcraft.

I start by setting the Fractal Design R5 fan controller to 5V and play for 30 min and take the maximum temps recorded with HW-monitor. this test is then also done with the Fractal Design R5 fan controller set to 7V and 12V.

Now my system is extremely quiet even when gaming so i can easily hear if the fans interfere with the quiet computing that i want for my Studio PC.
The comparison will be done against my current setup, That is three of the previous generation Dynamic Gp-14.

 

Test results

Fan Voltage Cpu Temps GPU Temps Fan Noise
GP-14 (R5) 5V 56c 66c Inaudible
GP-14 (R5) 7V 53c 61c Very small hum
GP-14 (R5) 12V 50c 58c Small hum
X2 GP-14 5V 54c 62c inaudible
X2 GP-14 7V 50c 59c inaudible
X2 GP-14 12V 47c 55c Very small hum

Since I have been using the Stock fans (first gen Dynamic GP-14 series) that came with the Fractal design Define R5 I had hopes on the X2 GP-14 and they sure are a step up Compared to the previous generation as they have a much lower noise output at 12V and the very small hum that can be picked up from the stock GP-14 is non existing on the X2 GP-14.
To also see a small temp drop specially on the GPU is a welcome bonus.

I decided to also try and find at what RPM the fans become audible, to do so I unplugged the Lower front intake fan, after that I connected the X2 GP-14 used for exhaust and the top X2 GP-14 as intake to the Asus z97-a fan connectors and used the Bios fan controller to individual increase the fan to a point where i could hear it.

The Intake fan was inaudible to 892 RPM before i start picking up a small hum.
The Exhaust fan was inaudible up to 806 RPM before i start picking up a small hum.
Note only one fan is running at the time, and the reason for the Exhaust becoming audible at lower RPM is probably due to the case Fan grill blocking the airflow.

Conclusion.
So the testing of the new Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 has come to an end, and I could not be happier with the new generation of an already great fan.
Not only does the X2 GP-14 deliver Better cooling, it also has lower noise where the
X2 GP-14 is inaudible at 7v and has a very small hum at 12V
so if you are adding or changing fans to your PC I strongly recommend you to get the Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 as i am confident you will be satisfied.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • quiet
  • good cooling

 

Cons

  • None

 

Verdict

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I would like to thank Fractal Design for letting me do this review.
And as always to my readers… THANK YOU!!!

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Celemony releases Melodyne 4

January 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Celemony releases Melodyne 4
New technologies and a new degree of freedom for the entire Melodyne family

 

Celemony GmbH/ Munich, 14.1.2016 (ictw) – Today, Celemony is releasing Version 4 of its legendary audio software Melodyne. This constitutes the most extensive update to the entire product family in the company’s history, with the emphasis on Melodyne 4 studio. Highlights include the Polyphonic Spectrum Shaper Sound Editor with its totally new sound design possibilities, DNA Direct Note Access – at last, on an unlimited number of tracks – and ultra-accurate tempo detection. The smaller Melodyne editions – editor, assistant and essential – have also been enhanced.

 

Melodyne is, at once, an outstanding piece of software and the industry standard. The sound quality of the edited audio and the ability to modify notes even in polyphonic recordings have turned Melodyne into a must-have tool, as well as winning Celemony the coveted Technical Grammy.

 

The Sound Editor: access to the overtones

With the Sound Editor, the new Melodyne 4 studio offers a totally new approach to sound design, its possibilities ranging from the subtlest of optimizations and enhancement of the tone color to drastic, hitherto unknown, manipulation of the sound. The user has direct access to the overtones of the audio material, making individual harmonics louder or quieter, reshaping the spectrum with macro parameters and envelopes, or transferring the sound characteristics of one track to another. This makes it possible to create totally new sounds and turns Melodyne into a kind of audio-track-based synthesizer. Video available: https://youtu.be/Ol0OZ3xzsjs

 

DNA Direct Note Access: now on an as many tracks as you like

Melodyne 4 studio finally makes Celemony’s patented DNA Direct Note Access technology available in a multi-track context. And thanks to Multitrack Note Editing, it is even possible to display simultaneously in the Note Editor any selection of tracks you like and edit the notes with the same freedom as if they were all on the same track. This is convenient and efficient and makes an entirely new production workflow possible. Video available: https://youtu.be/6PaDDG6-DjA

 

Tempo detection: record first, add the click later

Melodyne 4 detects tempos and tempo fluctuations in freely recorded music with utter reliability. So the subsequent click follows the musicians, not the other way around. A blessing for musicians and technicians alike, because the music – despite the living tempo at which it was recorded – can still be cut and edited without any difficulty. Video available: https://youtu.be/eVeZDnYKy2U

 

The Tempo Editor also allows the “breathing” tempo of one live recording to be carried over to another, for it to infuse life into sterile samples, for runaway tempos to be reined in, or for the entire tempo map to be reshaped at will. Melodyne 4 makes handling tempo in a musical manner finally a simple matter.

 

Melodyne 4 also offers improved algorithms, “dynamic just intonation”, a clear and intuitive new interface and many improvements of detail.

 

Pricing and availability

Melodyne 4 is available now. The price of Melodyne 4 studio is €699 or US$849, whilst updating from an older version of studio costs €/US$149. Further information and prices are available from http://www.celemony.com.

 

Resources

You’ll find further images and information in the press area of our website: 

http://www.celemony.com/m4_resources

PreSonus Introduces Studio One 3, The Next Standard in Music Production

May 20, 2015 Leave a comment

PreSonus Introduces Studio One 3, The Next Standard in Music Production

Studio One 3

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 2015… PreSonus today announced that Studio One 3, the most significant update to its powerful, easy to use digital audio workstation, is now shipping. Available in Artist and Professional editions, version 3 adds true innovations in song arranging and experimentation, as well as inspiring new ways to craft unique and evocative sounds. In addition, Studio One 3 opens users to new ways to control and mix within the application as the first DAW to offer a dual platform (Mac and Windows), multi-touch interface. Furthermore, Studio One 3 Professional users now have the freedom to create away from the desk through Studio One Remote for iPad. The new Studio One promises to look as good as it feels, with a sleek, modern, configurable UI for high-resolution displays.

Innovations in arranging and experimentation

Studio One 3 Professional introduces the Arranger Track, which makes it easy to build and rearrange songs, letting you copy or move entire song sections with simple drag-and-drop. It has its own Track Inspector that shows all sections of the song, which also doubles as a quick navigation tool for your song.
Unique Scratch Pads, also in Studio One Professional, provide an independent parallel timeline that lets you safely experiment on alternate ideas without jeopardizing arrangements. Simply drag Arranger sections, individual content, or entire songs into the Scratch Pad, make edits, then drag it back to your main song. Unlimited Scratch Pads can be saved with your project, saving you the trouble of numerous alternate song files.
The updated Browser, found in both Artist and Professional, makes it easier than ever to find the content you’re looking for, with tag-based “musical” search. You can now search for loops, samples, and presets by typing keywords like “genre” and “instrument” or by filtering content by selecting tags. The Browser also now has an integrated Cloud tab to access additional content online.

New ways to craft unique sounds

Extended FX Chains, new in the Professional version, provide new ways to build complex, multi-dimensional sounds by chaining and combining effects plug-ins in serial, in parallel by channel, or by frequency with up to five splits.
Also new in Professional, Multi Instruments allow you to combine multiple instruments as layers or splits in a single Instrument Track and play them like one instrument. Further dimensions can be added to a sound by using Note FX on individual Instruments layers within a Multi Instrument.
Note FX is a new plug-in type introduced in Studio One 3 that adds life to Instrument tracks by processing their note data. The four Note FX included with Studio One 3 Professional are Arpeggiator, Chorder, Repeater, and Input Filter.
Each console channel and Multi Instrument in Studio One Professional now offers Macro Controls, which allow individual instrument or plug-in parameters to be assigned to control knobs, switches, and X/Y pads for easy access. Multiple parameters can be assigned to the same control with independent settings for range/polarity/curve.

Inspiring Instruments

Studio One version 3 features a powerful new instrument engine that drives two new instruments.
Mai Tai is a polyphonic analog modeling synth for modern electro and bass sounds. Mai Tai’s sounds can change character and produce drastic morphing changes and unique timbres. Its Multimode filter offers sounds ranging from vintage analog (a la Moog or Oberheim) to state-of-the-art, zero-delay feedback filters. Mai Tai’s oscillators and LFOs have a free-run option, like an analog synth. And you can build enormously complex sounds with modular-synth-style operation through Mai Tai’s 16-stage modulation matrix.
Presence XT is an expandable, full-featured sampler with a comprehensive sample library that covers all the bases. It offers disk streaming for large samples, and many sounds utilize articulation key-switching, scripting, and custom controls for unique sound parameters. Studio One 3 Professional includes a 14 GB sound library for Presence XT and can read popular sampler formats, including EXS, Kontakt, Giga, and SoundFont without conversion.

Much More

There are over 70 new features and updates included in the Studio One version 3 upgrade. Some of the more significant updates include:

  • Hands-on editing, mixing, and arranging via Mac and PC multi-touch displays
  • Customizable high DPI user interface
  • Studio One Remote for iPad® control
  • AudioBend time and pitch manipulation updated with élastiquePRO 3 algorithms
  • Rotor and Bitcrusher audio effects
  • Automation curves
  • 1:1 Track view/console sync
  • Step recording
  • Smart, definable Alternate tool
  • Context-sensitive help, documentation, and tool-tips

Availability

Studio One 3 is now available in Artist and Professional versions, as both upgrades and full programs, at music retailers worldwide and direct from PreSonus. In June, PreSonus will also introduce Studio One Prime, a fully functioning free version, which will provide a great way to get started with Studio One. For more information on Studio One version 3, including complete feature comparisons, please visit the Studio One 3 Web site at http://studioone.presonus.com.

EZdrummer 2 Review

January 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Whazzzuup.

I hope that you all are doing well, and that your music creation is flowing.
It has been a while since i wrote something but i hope to be able to get back into writing more now.

Today we are going to take look at the the new improved version of Toontracks EZdrummer 2.0!


About Toontrack
Toontrack Music was originally started as a production company for composing game and movie soundtracks.
In 1999 producers Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah and Mattias Eklund of Toontrack Music decided to design a sample library for their own use.
They called Tomas Haake drummer of Heavy Metal band Meshuggah to record the drum samples. The library was called Drumkit From Hell.

Toontrack really made a revolution back then and what they did With the original DFH changed the way drum samples sounded forever.

EZdrummer 2

The GUI

First look of the new EZdrummer 2 GUI

Loading up EZdrummer 2 we can see that Toontrack have stayed with the original idea of Easy to use GUI BUT not without adding functionality.

Build
With EZdrummer 2 you can now mix and match your EZD expansions to get YOUR sound easy and fast, not only that!
you can now also adjust the volume and Pitch for each drum within the Drums section.

Included in EZdrummer are the two new Libraries EZdrummer 2 Modern and EZdrummer 2 vintage.

Brows and Build.

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Using finished MIDI files to build your song has been one of the features Toontrack have been using with their products to make it easy for the user to build a nice sounding drum track.
in the Browser tab we can find the EZdrummer / Superior drummer ready MIDI files that we have installed, and we can also ad our own USER MIDI files to the library.

EZdrummer 2 now also has a built in Track builder / midi player, this is nice for not only building our tracks but it also is great for Live use when you want to have EZdrummer as your drummer.
Search and Adjust.
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Toontrack also added a new search feature too EZdrummer 2, from here we can fine-tune our search and  match the MIDI files we plan to yous with files in the library to find additional Grooves that will work with our song.
if we only have a idea we can use the Tap to find feature to give EZdrummer and idea of what beat and groove we want to use and it will find grooves that matches our idea.

Edit play style.

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So we found a Groove that is close but we want to adjust it to work better with our song!
EZdrummer comes with a feature called edit play style that makes it fun and easy to ad, adjust and tweak each MIDI groove.
Simply highlight the drum you want to adjust, spin the Amount wheel and if needed adjust Velocity and EZdrummer will do its magic.
Want to change the power hand? Not a problem, just drag the power hand to the drum you want to use and its done….!!!
This is one amazing tool that will allow the user to be creative and drum creation that used to take hours can now be done with blazing speed.

The mixer.
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The mixer allows for the output routing and volume control, but there has been some new features added that is depending on the EZX used. In the image above i use the basic kit from the new Modern Rock library, this library allows me do adjust the Reverb time on the Reverb channel, compression done on the Comp channel and also picth and mic bleed adjustments.

As i said these controls will differ depending on what EZdrummer expansion in use.
speaking of expansion, all the EZdrummer expansion have been updated to work with EZdrummer 2, this has also been done free from additional cost so you can keep using your favorite EZX in EZdrummer 2.

Conclusion
EZdrummer 2 defines the word EASY, Starting EZdrummer 2 up and building your own personal tweaked kit is dead easy, but the Drum track creation features is where EZdrummer 2 shines!
Creating a drum track from scratch is nearly TO easy, EZdrummer 2 truly allows you to be creative and helps in what i belive is the most important thing when it comes to make music… IT should be fun!!!
The two included libraries Modern and Vintage sounds amazing and will get the user a long way.
Editors note. I recently bought the Rock Solid EZX as i love how it sounds and it works AWESOME with the modern KIT.

No matter if your a songwriter or a professional producer EZdrummer 2 will be a great tool to have in your studio, and i recommend it to anyone looking for a spot on nice sounding mix friendly Drum plugin.

The Verdict.
Toontrack delivers..
EZdrummer two is a MUST HAVE!!!
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“Creating a drum track from scratch is nearly TO easy, EZdrummer 2 truly allows you to be creative and helps in what i belive is the most important thing when it comes to make music… IT should be fun!!!”

PreSonus Delivers Complete Mobile Recording Solutions for Mac, Windows, and iPad

July 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2014… 

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PreSonus is excited to announce the USB 2.0 bus-powered AudioBox™ iOne audio interface and AudioBox iTwo audio/MIDI interface for Mac®, Windows®, and Apple iPad®. These next-generation mobile interfaces include PreSonus’ easy-to-use Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac and Windows, new Capture™ Duo recording software for iPad, and a Nimbit® Free account for online direct-to-fan distribution of music, merchandise, and more. With Capture Duo or Capture for iPad and an AudioBox iOne or iTwo, you can record with an iPad, then wirelessly transfer your recordings directly to Studio One Artist. The result is an integrated, end-to-end, mobile solution that includes everything needed to record, edit, mix, and share music anytime and anywhere.  
 
The AudioBox iOne sports one instrument input and one mic input, while AudioBox iTwo offers two combo mic and switchable line/instrument inputs. Both feature high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers with phantom power and 24-bit, up to 96 kHz converters with 105 dB of dynamic range. The DACs feed balanced ¼-inch, line-level outputs and a loud, clear headphone output with independent level control. The AudioBox iTwo also includes MIDI In and Out. Each interface has an internal analog mixer with zero-latency monitoring, enabling you to monitor recorded tracks and overdubs without audible delay.

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Small, lightweight, and USB bus-powered, the AudioBox iOne and iTwo can sit on a tabletop or fit in the pocket of a backpack or laptop bag. They’re built to travel, with a metal chassis and knobs and jacks secured directly to the enclosure to reduce strain on the internal circuit board.
 
Both interfaces work with any recording software that supports Core Audio (Mac) or ASIO (Windows).
 
Introducing Capture Duo and Capture for iPad
 
Capture™ Duo two-track recording software for iPad, free from the Apple App Store, is based on PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software for StudioLive mixers. Capture Duo lets you record and play two tracks with 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity and includes basic mixing and editing as well as an integrated metronome.
 
PreSonus also offers Capture for iPad, which can record up to 32 tracks with the same features and 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity. Capture for iPad is available from the Apple App Store for an expected price of $9.99.
 
For more information please visit http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-i-Series.

PreSonus CTO Bob Tudor passed away.

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

“Baton Rouge, LA – May 23, 2014… PreSonus sadly announced today the passing of Bob Tudor, the company’s widely admired, respected, and beloved Chief Technology Officer.
 
A legend in the pro audio/MI industry, Tudor followed a long and winding road to PreSonus. A child prodigy, he studied piano with Arthur Rubinstein protégé and Julliard fellow Josephine Bacher. Tudor later studied electrical engineering at the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute but switched to the Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring, jazz, and music production. He cofounded Boston’s Metropolis recording studio and recorded such well-known acts as Peter Wolf/J.Geils Band, Extreme, Aime Mann, New Kids on the Block, and Bobby Brown. He also played keyboards and acoustic piano on numerous records as a studio musician and remixed “Cradle of Love” for Billy Idol.
 
Fascinated with how gear worked, Bob eventually combined his passions for music and engineering, creating a long list of companies, products, and technologies. As one of the pioneers at Mackie Designs, he created the company’s line of digital mixers, hard-disk recorders, and control surfaces. After leaving Mackie, he founded SaneWave, where he developed products for a wide assortment of pro audio manufacturers.
 
Overall, Tudor and the SaneWave team had designed more than 100 products, including such hits as the TASCAM US-2400 Control Surface and X-48 Hard Disk Multitrack Audio Recorder, Electro-Voice DC-1 Speaker Processor, M-Audio ProjectMix, and Lexicon MX-500 FX Processor. He did additional projects for QSC, Samson, Shure, Alesis, Gibson, Fender, and many others. One of SaneWave’s best clients was PreSonus, for which he helped define and design the FaderPort and the StudioLive digital-mixer line. That led to his decision to join the company full time in 2008. His products have garnered five TEC Awards, five MIPA Awards, and numerous other awards. As Tudor put it, “I enjoy developing disruptive products”-that is, innovative products that can potentially shake up and energize the market.
 
As Chief Technology Officer, Tudor oversaw all PreSonus advanced development activities and evaluated and implemented emerging technologies that have been utilized in many of the companies most successful products. Along with PreSonus CSO Jim Odom, he developed the strategic direction of the company’s innovative products and technologies.
Said Jim Mack, PreSonus CEO, “Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with Bob, or even interacting with him at events or trade shows, was likely touched by his energy, enthusiasm, and passion for technology-and specifically, technology that allowed people to make better music. He was always fascinated with what could be done and was never really deterred by challenges or technical hurdles. He not only made things that no one else could see or do possible, he made them look easy. We have not only lost a truly amazing engineer but a very dear friend to so many people in this industry.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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About PreSonus

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio

After A loong wait…

Wazzup People….

Hope things is going well….

At the end of January we moved to a new apartment, sadly there has been a long list of issues along the way but now everything has been sorted and i am finally able to return with new reviews coming down very soon..

Here is some hints of the upcoming Stuff i have in store for you..

      • A PC case for the gamer and musicians.
      • A extension Studio One users can get
      • Great PC keyboard and Mice
      • new SSD and SSHD
      • A Mac MINI studio, all you need to know to get going
      • a 8 year old Drummer goes 2.0
      • and much more…
      STAY tuned!!!
      / Jesper